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Charlie:

They say time heals all wounds, but it's been five years since my boyfriend died, and I haven't dated since. I threw myself into architecture, and thankfully, there's just no time to wallow or look for love. My friends push me to get back out there, but I'm not ready to be vulnerable again.

Then I meet Kev. He dresses like a catalog model, but he talks like he's got an old soul. He shows me what I'm missing but holds his own heart just out of reach. I can't stop falling for him, and he might be worth taking a risk for. Can I believe in myself enough to win his trust and his heart?

Kev:

My parents kicked me out for being gay when I was only 16. You grow up fast when that happens. You do things you regret just to stay alive. All that's behind me now. I'm 23, moved to Brooklyn, have an annoying roommate, and all I have to do is stay safe and pay the rent.

Sounds easy? Yeah, my options are closing in fast. I don't want to stand on street corners again, but everyone in this city just wants to fix their own loneliness, not mine. And then there's Charlie, who sees the best in me when others only see their own reflection. Can we bare our hearts to each other and build a future together?

Electric Sunshine is audiobook one in the Brooklyn Boys series, where good men find their happily ever afters in a hectic metropolis. It has an HEA and no cliff-hanger. There will be naughty bits doing naughty things, grumpy roomies, opposites attracting, retail hell, hangover specials, and cracked hearts made better than new.

©2018 E. Davies (P)2018 E. Davies

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Excellent- loved it

Excellent audio book. A heartwarming story with a few ups and downs but relatively angst free. The MC are both great and make an excellent couple. Love the narrator. Really brought the characters to life.

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Charlie and Kev

I know nothing about Brooklyn, so this series was fun. I loved the diner Bubbles and the gay nightclub Friction. I liked how there was a wide variety of characters who spanned all ages and relationship statuses. There were some established couples in the background, and some single men front and center. Enter Charlie. His boyfriend died suddenly five years ago and he’s been mired in grief ever since. He’s close to his boyfriend’s parents and has a few friends, including ones who drag him out sometimes. And he needs to step away from his high-pressure architecture job to just chill. And one night, while chilling, he meets Kev. Now Kev has a more tragic backstory. His family booted him out at sixteen for being gay. He landed at a ranch where he learned some skills but then he left with his friend Adam and they made their way to Brooklyn. They are living in a shoddy two-bedroom apartment (well, one along with a hastily constructed wall so the landlord can call it a two-bedroom and get more rent). Adam works a number of odd jobs to make his rent while Kev does…less safe things. He takes a risk every time he sets up a new Grindr profile and not just because the site would shut him down if they knew he was selling himself. He and Charlie hit it off and Kev realizes it’s time to walk away from that old life. His one foray into retail is a disaster and he despairs of ever finding a career. Or even a job. He’ll take just about anything at this point. Of course Charlie, witnessing this, wants to step in and help. Hell, he’d take over given half a chance. But he also understands Kev needs to do this himself. To prove to himself that he can stand on his own two feet. I loved how these two characters came together. Two wounded souls. Two men deserving of a second chance. I also liked how Charlie had to own up to how his career was a detriment to him and Kev had to find something that would really fill his soul. This book was low-angst and I enjoyed that. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit and read a book with great characters and a happily ever after. Of course I have to mention Nick J. Russo’s narration. He was perfect for this book and brought the characters to life. Needless to say, I’m happy to recommend the book.

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Great marriage of author and performer

I am down for any book or series by E. Davies' and this one is clearly going to be a winner. I love how Davies is able to give us insight into the characters' careers such as architecture here without overloading us with information dumps. Just like we learned about art galleries and shops in the Hart's Bay series we learn things about Charlie's job here. Kev has had a rough go of things since his parents kicked him out as a teen but just like the Julia Roberts character in Pretty Woman he has managed to preserve his kindness and good sense. He and Charlie are perfect for each other and watching them learn to open up and trust made an amazing story. Nick J. Russo's performance was wonderful. He captured all the emotions from wariness to openness and love beautifully. As always, his ability to generate heat is on full display as well. Excellent marriage of author and performer.

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Great Start

Another great start to a series by E Davies with a fantastic narrator. Was a true pleasure to join Kev and Charlie on their journey. Nick J Russo was amazing as always. Glad the whole series is already available. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • 24-09-20

A must have...

This book 1 on this amazing series was a must for me for 2 reasons: on one hand, Kev and Charlie's story is an easy to read, low angst love story, with many heartwarming moments, and an interesting plot, by the other hand, Mr Russo is one of my favorite voice actors and his faboulous performance really brought to life all these endearing characters. Simply amazing!

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Really enjoyed

I really enjoyed listening to this spin off book, both Charlie and Kev have baggage they have to deal with. But it is a sweet story and low angst. Nick narrator really brought the story to life.

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I'm hooked already...

I loved Kev, he was such a sweetheart despite all he went through after his parents threw him out of their house. I loved seeing his growth throughout the book and finally finding the right career path for him, with Charlie's help. And Charlie was just lovely. He'd been on a rut after his boyfriend died on an accident and meeting Kev was just what he needed to get out of his funk. I just adored how open he was to have a relationship with Kev, despite having met while Kev was still a sex worker. They had great chemistry and even if they were in different places in their lives, they complemented each other perfectly. I loved Darren, Adam, and Ben and I'm looking forward to getting to know them better in the next books in the series. Nick J. Russo is so consistently amazing. His performance was flawless and the emotions he conveys with his voice made me care about the characters even more. I don't think I've ever listened to a book by E. Davies that I haven't loved or at least strongly liked and by now, I've listened to a lot of them. Overall, this was a lovely read, low-angst, hot and sweet and I am sure you'll love it as much as I did.

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Awesome

I really enjoyed this book. It was a great start to a series. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't stop listening. I can't wait to listen to what comes next.

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I really liked this!

Electric Sunshine was my first book by E. Davies but I have a bunch more of his that I now must move up on my never-ending TBR list. 😊 This was overall a feel-good story. Charlie and Kev are great characters and I liked how their relationship evolved. I enjoy stories about sex workers finding their HEA. Kev is trying to get out of sex work and Charlie has to make a decision about his job as an architect and the dangers it involves for him as a gay man (traveling to certain countries). I always enjoy Nick J. Russo's audio performances and this one did change my mind a bit. ❤ Next up for me is book 2 in this series. A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author and/or narrator.

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Adorably Tender

This story was so sweet and tender with that double pinch of spice to make it addicting. I love when an author can tackle the subject of sex work tactfully and tastefully. The characters were interesting and funny. It’s obvious that the author knows their characters as well as they know themself. The narrator did an excellent job with this story! Crisp, clear and enthusiastic, I enjoyed every minute. The passion for each scene shines through his voice. I loved how he voiced each character, especially side characters. Overall excellent piece.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 19-01-19

Substantial continuity errors & Uber rides but a good heart

I think the good narration kept me listening. I probably would have given up otherwise. And probably should have. The story just seemed glitchy, as if Kev had been written one way then fundamentally changed but only partially re-written to accommodate the change. Examples of glitches: -He’s all brash confidence with good attention to detail & clothing in the beginning, but flounders in uncharacteristic ways when changing career paths. -When he suddenly worries about some job/school path would mean keeping track of details after multiple instances of him being good at & enjoying keeping track of details. -He has a lack of formal education, but substantial OJT experience then ditches his high paying escort gig for bottom barrel entry level jobs instead of working in hotel management or being a PA or something that would use his skills. His skill history is mentioned multiple times but never incorporated. - He starts the story as a sex worker but after dating Charlie for a week or two, is worried about being not being in practice for bottoming. What? -Kev goes to town confronting abusive customers or friends who snark on his job but when confronted by an abusive waitress is all “I hate confrontation” and gets jittery instead of righteously indignant. It’s a complete 180 that might have been saved by either not having him be jittery or explaining that he only can handle standing up for others, not himself. Except that he stands up for himself all the time up to this point. Charlie is less glitchy but makes odd choices. And was in an Uber every other scene. He has two work trips planned to Singapore then Dubai. But he plans to “come home for the weekend” (aka for some Netflix & chill time, not tickets to Hamilton) between the two. But NYC to Singapore us one of the longest, most grueling flight sequences in the world. It takes a full day if you’re lucky, days if you’re not. And Dubai is on the return route back. So someone flying NYC-Singapore is NOT coming back to NYC between those destinations for anything but the birth of a child (or Hamilton tix). And did I mention his Uber fetish? Minor Spoiler: The Dubai trip is probably set up the wrongety wrong way it is so Charlie can bail on the Dubai project. I fully support the decision to not work in that country and the right *reasons* are given but the *reasoning* is…off. As id the timing. Dubai was enough riskier for him to travel to than Singapore that they are NOT interchangeable, equal risk. And the increased risk crossed a line. He eventually loses his job for backing out (oddly not a major plot point) after we’re repeatedly assured that he’s not being pressured. If you can’t safely say no, then saying yes isn’t consent. If he couldn’t turn the job down without losing his job, then he has tremendous pressure to agree. Yet we were assured that wasn’t the situation. And losing the job for taking it then backing out isn’t as unreasonable, but that’s not the reason given. Add to this he only expresses dissatisfaction with his job twice - once when he refers to it as “boring” stuff to do on the Singapore trip then again when he quits in lieu of being fired. Which was stupid because he couldn’t get unemployment compensation if he quit. And firing an employee for being too gay to travel somewhere he could be killed? Might actually happen but it’s mighty strange in a sex positive gay romance. And when it seems he has a job he likes for 80% of the timeline? Then he doesn’t tell Kev he lost his job when they are in a relationship. Huh? Glitchy. /end Spoiler There were also several instances where the main characters casually referred to things the other one “always did” when they’d been on 2 or 3 dates in a couple weeks. Minor phrasing changes would have prevented these observations from coming off as glitchy. They should have been touching moments of understanding, but weren’t and yanked me completely out of the narrative all 4 times. So they glitch, then they take an Uber to the next scene. At times, it felt like generic character placeholders got shuffled in. Like once, Charlie was thinking about taking Kev’s underwear off for sex, but as far as the readers have been informed, Kev doesn’t wear underwear. The sex scenes are completely unmemorable otherwise. The secondary characters were well fleshed out & consistent (except Charlie’s boss). The places they frequented were well done, but the overall Brooklyn vibe glitched on & off. I could go on with the glitches but why? I *wanted* to like Charlie & Kev. The first few chapters were well done and drew me in. But the characters started glitching and the Matrix went all weird and the plot went nowhere. I stuck with it to the end but by then their characters were such a jumble and their decision making so odd that I was no longer invested in their success. Or their Uber destinations.

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  • Annika
  • 30-01-19

It was okay

So sometimes it pays to actually read the blurb before picking a book up. Otherwise you might end up like me, believing that the story would go one way and then end up being about something else entirely. For some reason, and please don’t ask me why, because I haven’t got the faintest idea, but I thought this book was going to be about a musician. It’s not, not even close, which is why I was understandably confused in the beginning when we got an architect trying to enter the “meat market” five years after his boyfriend’s death, and a sex-worker trying to earn some extra cash for rent. So yeah, I wasn’t even close. I didn’t mind it, it was just unexpected ;) Charlie’s been shut down for so long, using work to hide from the world. Finally though, he’s ready for more, ready to dip his toes in the dating pool. At his first night out he’s introduced to Kev, an escort and he realises this might be the start he needs. To have someone guide him through dating again. What he didn’t count on was the attraction to the gorgeous man and it’s not long until he wants more than just platonic dates. I enjoyed how it was Charlie that decided that he was ready to get out there again. Sure, he had supportive friends and family but they weren’t obtrusive or nagging, just cheering him on. In so many books, and in reality too I imagine, friends and family always push to get the grieving party to move on, to start dating again often before they’re ready. It was refreshing that wasn’t the case here. They were there for sure, but more as company and support being friends and family. Kev is of two minds in regards to his work. On the one hand, he loves that he decides over his own time, the who and when – and the price. And for the most part he enjoys it. On the other, it’s getting harder to find clients when his profiles keep getting shut down. And with the threat of an arrest and a permanent record is increasing, he’s kind of looking for something new. If he only knew what that was. Kev and Charlie made sense together. They both were what the other needed - Kev introducing Charlie to the dating world and intimacy again and Charlie giving Kev a push towards something new supporting each other when they faltered. So from that point of view they made sense together. To men though, it felt like they lacked chemistry and their relationship felt kind of forced, not to mention way fast. They’d be great at friends, but should probably stay there. Nick J. Russo narrates with feeling, adds the appropriate intonations that the current situation calls for; sadness, confusion, passion and even anger. It’s there in his voice and adds that extra flavour that I’m always looking for in my audios. Add in the different voices for the different characters to make the listen effortless and it was a hit for me. A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • Rachel R.
  • 13-01-19

Loved it

Awesome start to a new series by E. Davies. I couldn't wait to start this new adventure and just based on the awesome cover I was excited for more knowing I was going to love it. These characters are so well written, have depth and make you open yourself up to new ideas and views about people. First Audio book for me that's narrated by Nick J. Russo and I was very happy with the results. The chapters flowed into one another and I felt drawn into the story by the amazing voice being these characters to life. Can't wait for the next.

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  • Bookobessed
  • 10-01-19

Electric is right

E. Davies is one of my favorite authors and Nick Russo is definitely climbing the ranks of my favorite narrators. In this story, we have Kev and Charlie, one who is just trying to not fall back on his past choices and another that is alone after losing his love. As the two circle each other and give into their chemistry, there is still the sweetness that I adore from this author. With Brooklyn and NYC as the backdrop to the story, you have so many images in mind that you simply have to keep listening to find out what happens.

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  • Dixiecowgirl060
  • 09-01-19

The narrator, Nick J. Russo really did a great job

I have read this book and now i have gotten to listen to it and what a treat that was. The narrator, Nick J. Russo really did a great job of bring these men to life for me. Highly Recommend! What a great book. I absolutely loved this book and all the characters. Every once in a great while a story comes along that checks every single item on my "what makes a book awesome" list. This steamy, poignant, soul mending, sweet, heartwarming, snarky, gentle romance hits all the feels! Treat yourself and one click this wonderful story!

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 05-01-19

Loving it!!!

I just love Kev and Charlie relationship and how they just couldn't help but be attracted to each other. This is just an amazing story by E. Davies. So sweet and the chemistry is amazing. Then to have it great Nick J. Russo brings these characters to life just makes it even more. I couldn't stop listening and I just love it!!

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  • T. Walters
  • 29-12-18

Love connection

How fun it was to see the connection that Charlie and Kev share. They have instant chemistry and it is really fun to see that connection grow and change. They are absolutely adorable together and they support each other no matter the circumstances. I love that neither one judges the other in any of their choices or personality traits. I thought the narrator did an amazing job with these guys and bringing their story to life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-02-19

Love can come unexpected places.

Loved it. I really liked the interaction between the MCs, it had it's serious moments and it's playful time. chronological age and life experience could put two people on the same wavelength.

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  • Esther A
  • 11-02-19

Love This Story!

Love this start to a new series! Charlie and Kev are just spectacular together and extremely hot. I love their chemistry and the way their relationship builds slowly. I was extremely happy with Charlie's attitude and understanding towards Kev' career when they meet and of course of how supportive he is when Kev wants to start a new one. They are great together and I can't wait to get the next ones in this series. The narrator did a fantastic job bringing the story to life. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Crystal
  • 10-02-19

Nick Russo makes an already great book even better

I read this book when it first came out and wrote a review then but hearing it in audio made this book even better for me. I didn't think I could enjoy the book more but Nick Russo really brought Kev and Charlie to life for me, excellent job. I'm going to put my original review below as well. If you haven't started this series then do yourself a favor and go start it right now! E. Davies has done it again! Original Review: So many good things I can say about this first book in a new series....I laughed, I smiled, I got choked up, I hugged myself....I couldn't put this book down. Kev and Charlie are two people that I absolutely NEED in my life. I loved these characters and their story. I do suggest reading the short story 'Wind Tunnel' that was a prequel to this series although it was about a different couple but will help you to appreciate their cameo in this story even more. One of my favorite things about this story was how Kev's original line of work was handled, the fact that none of the main characters shamed him for it (his roomie gave him a hard time but it was out of love) and that he didn't beat up himself about it either. The way that Charlie goes above and beyond to not only understand Kev but to help him figure out and achieve his own goals rather than just "pretty woman" him, that's true love and their relationship has a stronger foundation for it. I can't wait to read more in this series and see all of the characters grow and find their very own HEA!

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